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Japan: Updated Travel Information

On September 6, 2018, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued the following Japan Travel Advice

At 03:12 JST on 6 September a Magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurred in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Transportation throughout the island has been disrupted, including the airport. If you are in Hokkaido, or are planning to travel to the area, please be careful of aftershocks, follow the advice of the local authorities, follow local news, and check with the transportation companies for any changes or cancelations of schedule.

Wide areas of Western Japan are experiencing transport disruption in the wake of Typhoon Jebi. Kansai International Airport (KIX) was closed and all flights cancelled on 4th September. As of 5th September, no plans to resume service have been announced. For the latest information, please visit: Kansai International Airport. If you are planning to travel through the affected areas, or use the airport, you should follow the advice of local authorities, transportation services and check with your airlines. The Osaka Prefectural government is publishing up-to-date information and guidance on their website.

On 21 April 2018, North Korea announced a halt to nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile testing. However, the level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice, and there is a risk of a further increase in regional tensions which may affect Japan. You should keep in touch with news broadcasts, follow the advice of the local authorities and check this travel advice for any updates. The Japanese authorities continue to maintain some exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility. Travel through these zones on some designated trunk roads is allowed. Follow local signs and instructions while travelling in this area.

The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Japan announced the following alert on September 3, 2018.

Please note that the U.S. Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe will be temporarily closed on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, due to Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon Number 21), which is forecast to hit the Kansai region around 12:00 p.m. that day.

Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon Number 21) is expected to make landfall near Tokushima and Wakayama prefectures the afternoon of Tuesday, September 4, as a Category 3 storm with highest sustained winds at 110-130 mph and pass over the Kansai region including Osaka and Kyoto. Jebi is then anticipated to continue north along Honshu and arrive in the Hokkaido region on September 5. In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency may issue a High Wave and Thunderstorm advisory for the affected areas. Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to occur.

The Japan Meteorological Service’s Typhoon tracking information may be found in English at this webpage: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/. Information about Jebi is also available from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html.

Note that the current Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) for U.S. military installations on Okinawa may be found here: http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/

All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan.

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